This old map of Scotland centers on Skye. Originally titled ‘Skia vel Skiana’, this historical map is from the Atlas Maior published in 1665. The map covers modern-day Portree, Kyle Of Lochalsh, West Coast, Wall, Skye, Clan Donald, Dunvegan Castle, Scottish Cartography, Isle Of Skye, Scottish Isles, Scottish, Shieldaig, Inveralligin, Gairloch, Applecross, Plockton, Stromeferry, Kyle of Lochalsh, Dunvegan, Uig, Broadford, Inverarish, Carbost, Port Failthe, Satran, Struan, Ose, Staffin, Kyleakin, Dornie, East Suisnish, Hallin, Orbost… you can view more places on the map by viewing the photographs accompanying this page. Below you’ll find a contemporary map of the region, see ‘Modern Map’.
This map will be reproduced on 285gsm ‘Museum Quality’ FineArt paper. We’ve picked this beautiful, textured cotton rag stock (by Hahnemühle) for its similarity to antique parchment, its tactile ‘wow’ factor and for the consistency of its manufacturer. Due to the resilience of the pigment inks we have selected this print will remain vivid for over one hundred years. No noticeable fading, no colour shift.
When handled with care and displayed in a suitable frame this print will last generations. More information can be found below, see ‘Museum Quality’.
Published by Joan Blaeu in 1665 the atlas from which this map originates set the blueprint (or should that be, the ‘Blaeu Print’?) for all that followed. In a sense the ‘Atlas Maior’ will never be bettered, for it is a most wonderfully sumptuous and ornate creation. You’ll find a garlanded cartouche on almost every page, full-masted galleons upon the Oceanus Occidentalis, elephants and lions on the plod and prowl in the Guinea, huge-hatted men with compasses and globes competing for space with cherubs and unicorns who all seem to be trying to do their bit to help in the mapmaking. The more time spent admiring the 11 volumes of this atlas, the harder it becomes to pick out a favourite map.
Scotland – by Pont
Neither Willem Janszoon Blaeu nor his son Joan made it to Scotland. It was a minister by the name of Timothy Pont, born in 1565, who sketched these original works after his own surveying. Pont travelled widely throughout Scotland and compiled a collection of manuscripts which, some 50 years after being originally sketched, and having been redrawn by Robert Gordon, found their way to Amsterdam and the Blaeu family. In 1654 they were engraved and published by Willem and Joan Blaeu. There are 46 maps of Scottish Counties or regions, the majority of which are attributed to Pont who died in 1610. The reproductions available here are from a later colourised atlas produced by the Blaeu’s- the ‘Atlas Major’ though Pont’s surveying was obviously crucial to these inclusions. Hats off to him!